The Estates team’s role in tackling climate change

James Wright talks about the work being undertaken by the Estates team as part of the University’s Climate Plan, including the planting of Gair Wood and the creation of a zero-emission vehicle fleet.

The University of Leeds estate is around the size of 500 football pitches and is incredibly varied – from offices and residential buildings to sports grounds and farmland.

The Estates and Facilities team responsible for it is helping to reduce emissions on campus so the University can meet its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

James, Senior Maintenance Manager, said: “The Climate Plan at the University – it’s the most important at the moment. We all know the climate challenges faced by the world. So, from an estates and operations perspective, we try and lead by example to make sure that we achieve net zero.”

At £174 million, the University of Leeds’ ambitious Climate Plan represents the biggest investment we have ever made, with seven key principles highlighting our commitment to net zero emissions, a sustainable curriculum, responsible investment and reorienting postgraduate research and teaching away from the fossil fuel sector.

Visit our Climate Plan hub for more information, where you can also post questions and comments.

Watch a video of James explaining the role the Estates and Operations team is playing in helping the University tackling climate change

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